Police: Sacramento deputy punched woman in Roseville dog park fight

6:33 PM, Jun 19, 2010   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was cited and under investigation for allegedly punching another woman after their dogs tussled at a Roseville dog park Friday, according to a Roseville police spokesman.

Deputy Monica Chavez was cited for battery after the altercation that happened at the Bear Dog Park on the 1500 block of Pleasant Grove Blvd. around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Roseville police Lt. Mike Doane said.

Dog park visitor Shelly Riley said the situation started after her dog Diesel got into some kind of fight with several other dogs, including Chavez's animal.

Riley said as she pulled Diesel away from the fight and began seeing to her pet, someone grabbed her from behind.

"When I turned around, all I saw was (a fist) coming at me," Riley said. "It was, like, a second."

Riley said she was surprised that a fight between dogs would lead to human punches being thrown, then stunned to learn her alleged attacker was a law enforcement officer.

"There was no need for her to hit me," Riley said. "Now to find out she's a sheriff's deputy...she should know (better)...I'm shocked right now."

Riley placed Chavez under a citizen's arrest while she called Roseville police, Doane said.

Chavez, 32, was removed from her usual patrol assignment and placed on modified duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran said.


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